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Colleen E. McCarty

Senior Attorney

Las Vegas

3800 Howard Hughes Parkway
Suite 500
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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J.D., cum laude, University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), William S. Boyd School of Law, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2013
M.S., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1995, Broadcast Journalism
B.A., magna cum laude, University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, California, 1994, Mass Communications
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U.S. District Ct., District of Nevada
Supreme Court of Nevada

Colleen E. McCarty

Senior Attorney

An award-winning investigative reporter before beginning her law career, Colleen McCarty is an attorney based in Las Vegas. Colleen currently represents clients in complex civil litigation cases, with an emphasis in commercial and media law, labor and employment matters at both the Federal and State level, and matters involving First Amendment and civil rights protection. Colleen has also represented clients before professional licensing boards, litigated successfully for her clients in both jury and bench trials in Nevada’s Eighth Judicial District Court, and enjoyed extensive motion practice experience before the Nevada Supreme Court, as well as multiple Federal District Court and Circuit Court jurisdictions.  

Colleen began her legal career with the law firm of Gordon Silver, following her graduation from the William S. Boyd School of Law, cum laude, in 2013. In addition to her current practice areas, Colleen also handled criminal defense matters in all Nevada jurisdictions as an associate with the law firm of Gentile Cristalli Miller Armeni Savarese. 

Colleen is also known for her lengthy tenure as part of the award-winning I-Team at the Las Vegas CBS affiliate, KLAS-TV. Her investigations helped put criminals behind bars, expose public corruption, and prompt change at governmental agencies at the national, state and local levels. Her work on “Desert Underwater,” a comprehensive examination of the housing crisis in Southern Nevada, was honored with the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, the duPont-Columbia Award, as well as the prestigious Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence and the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award.

Colleen currently serves as the Co-Chair of Clark Hill BOLD - Las Vegas, the firm's strategy to promote women within the firm, the legal profession, and the business community.

Colleen is the mother of twin daughters, who were born while she was covering the 2005 Legislative Session in Carson City for KLAS-TV.


Publications and Presentations:

Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada Pro Bono Project 100 Hours Award, 2014-2015
Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014
Nevada Law Journal Scholarly Writing Competition, Third Place, 2013
duPont Columbia Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2012
Peabody Award for Broadcast Excellence, 2011
Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award, 2011
Emmy Award, Documentary, 2011
Edward R. Murrow Award, Video Continuing Coverage, 2010
Emmy Award, Crime Report, 2010
Emmy Award Nomination, Investigative Report, 2008-2009
Nevada Electronic Media Award, 5-Part Series, 2007
Emmy Award, Specialty Report, 2006
Subcommittee Member, Nevada Blue Ribbon for Kids Commission, 2015-present
Associate, Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inn of Court
Advisory Commission Member, Nevada Attorney General's Administration of Justice's Victims of Crime Sub-Committee